A nagging hamstring injury has continued to keep franchise running back Arian Foster off of the field for the Houston Texans. While the team has not seemed too concerned, at least publicly, some are beginning to question whether the injury is more serious than the organization is leading everyone to believe. Adding to those rumors today, the Texans have signed running back Tim Cornett, who was released shortly after signing with the Arizona Cardinals earlier this spring.
While the addition of Cornett could prove to just be a small addition to bring another body to camp, one can’t help but wonder if a significant injury to Foster led to the signing. After all, the Texans cannot risk a lengthy injury befalling their star back, especially after allowing Ben Tate to leave for the Cleveland Browns in the offseason.
With their passing game currently in a state of uncertainty with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center, the Texans will be forced to rely on Foster and their running game to propel an offense that struggled mightily in 2013. For new coach Bill O’Brien, the possible loss of Foster for any amount of time would be a devastating blow to his attempted turnaround of the franchise.
Looking to right the ship in 2014, the Texans have to be crossing their fingers today that the signing of Cornett is nothing more than a warm body for training camp. If it is a sign of something more serious, Texans fans may want to go ahead and start scouting for the top overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.